I aim to complete a set of four butterflies and so far I have started three of them. These are a Peacock, an Orange Tip and a Ringlet.
As you can see from above the peacock is almost finished, the Orange Tip is now well underway and I have begun the initial sketching out of the Ringlet.
As for the fourth… well I am thinking of drawing a Painted Lady. It would be a shame not to draw one when there have been so many of them flying about.
I have taken many photographs of these butterflies but I have narrowed the selection down to these three images. There is a temptation to draw the first on the left.
This pose of looking straight at the eyes is a bit different from the rest which makes drawing the four butterflies as a set, more interesting! But… it does not show a lot of butterfly… so, I am not sure!
Had I not got involved in a debate on the use of drafting film as a surface on which to draw on, I would have made much more progress on the butterflies.
The reason I was interested in the drafting film was that I had seen some incredible art produced on this surface, to the point that I was inspired to go and purchase some. The intention was to give it a go after I had completed the butterflies.
However on Instagram, someone I followed posted comments explaining that she too had initially been impressed with drafting film as a surface on which to draw on… but, after trying it, decided it was not for her. Following her comments, my curiosity got the better of me and I took the decision that it was time to have a go.
Here is my progress so far… I have chosen a Water Buffalo as this was an image that I had identified as wanting to draw for sometime. It comes from a collection of images produced by Jason Morgan.
It has been interesting and I still have quite a bit of work to do, particularly on his horns and his ears as well as refining some of the detail around the face.
As far as using drafting film as a surface goes… to be honest I cannot make up my mind. There are plus points but there are also negative points!
Before coming to a final conclusion… I will finish drawing him and undertake a couple of other projects! But those projects will have to wait until after the butterflies have been completed!